We went from speaking over fences to calling each other from tiny and awkward phone booths. Then came the Nokia ‘brick’ phones that allowed for people to communicate with each in the comfort of their own homes.
Text messaging made it even easier to speak to people while doing something else at the same time. Years later, as phones became advanced communication became easy and affordable even to people from low income households.
More and more companies are learning to use cellphones to take advantage of the advertising industry because, my guess is, people read more text messages on their phones than they read emails on their personal computers. I know I do, I not only read more stuff off my phone than anywhere else but I also read it almost instantly.
Everyone knows there's an issue in access to the Internet in much of the developing world. BUT:
* Are we talking about access for adults, or also for teens and children?
* Are we talking about access at home, work or anywhere? What diffs does it make?
* Is it access at any time - or does once a month access mean a person counts as an "Internet user"?
* Is it access on any screen? Are cellphone screens good enough for meaningful access?
* Do we count "shaped" use as access - eg. Blackberry packages @ R2 a day are fantastic, but no downloads allowed.
You can understand why Twitter.com works when you listen to Blaine Cook, an unassuming guy who admits to being “something between chief architect and lead designer” of the site.
The Twitter micro-blogging site he helped create accepts both web-input and cellphone-input, and is probably the most popular facility for soundbite-style social networking on-the-go.